We were really lucky, he was into car rides from Day 1 (Exhibit A). The day we came to take him home, he leapt right into the open car door without a moment’s hesitation – we just knew we were meant for each other.
Surprisingly, pet friendly hotels aren’t all that easy to come by (not what I expected in really dog friendly areas like Northern CA or Oregon). We’ve spent HOURS searching and calling hotels, and overwhelmingly hotels don’t take pets at all or those that do accept pets do so grudgingly: the pet fees are exhorbitant more often than not, and/or their weight limits mean Huffle’s not welcome. 🙁
Caveat: Huffle’s an awesome hotel guest. He doesn’t get up on furniture, he doesn’t have accidents, he doesn’t bark or whine or otherwise scare people. He does love being offered treats or being provided a blanket or bed but he doesn’t beg and he’s just as happy sleeping on the floor as on a poufy bed.
Still, we travel enough that we really do have to bring Huffle with us, we’d miss him too much if we didn’t! While the hunt is arduous and competition fierce for hotels good for both humans and canines/pets, we have been lucky enough to find some favorites that we’d happily visit again of the many places we’ve stayed over the years.
We’ll do some reviews and link them back here, but here’s a quick list of some hotels you might try. This will be an ongoing list!
Pacific Grove (Monterey Bay area): Pacific Gardens Inn [Review]
Morro Bay: Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites [Review] The staff are great and the cottage-like rooms are adorable.
Fresno: Residence Inn Fresno, California extended stay hotel
The area itself in Fresno is nothing to shout about, but the hotel was lovely. Clean, easy access, doggie bags provided.
Fullerton: Fullerton Marriott at California State University
Close to the Uni, this hotel was both easy for Huffle to navigate and they had welcome cookies at the front desk.
Long Beach: Residence Inn Long Beach
Portland, Oregon: Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
PET FRIENDLY CHAINS
You can rely on these chains to welcome you with your furry friend
Residence Inns by Marriott (usually a $100 one-time fee); though Marriott has pet-friendly hotels in their other brands as well. They do have weight and breed restrictions.
DoubleTrees by Hilton (usually a $75 one-time fee).
Kimpton Hotels (no fee! no size, weight or breed restrictions!) These hotels are more posh and high end with equivalent pricing but their staff and policy is fantastically welcoming.